The All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State Chapter last week Monday August 21 rolled out the drums in celebration of the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who had just been successfully inaugurated as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Many APC political bigwigs attended the event which was staged at En Vogue Plaza Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Briefing journalists at the occasion, a former Chief of Staff, Tony Okocha hailed President Tinubu for the appointment, saying Wike had the strong will to restore the Abuja Master plan which he said, the previous administrations distorted, to its original status.
His words: “The Abuja Master plan that is known to all of us, which we initially see as a cynosure of excellence has started drifting. It is no longer qualified to be called a capital city.
You Know, when we have a lot of us whose interest is profiteering in doing business, everywhere you see open space becomes a market. That is what is happening now. The original plan is almost gone.
I think the President may have interest in bringing back Abuja to its original status. And to do that, you don’t need a push-and-start, you need somebody who has courage, you need somebody who can exude the confidence at the slightest opportunity to change Abuja back to what it used to be.”
Okocha who was the former National Chairman, Protocols/Logistics Committee of the defunct Tinubu-Shettima Grassroots Independent Campaign Council, described Wike as somebody well suited for the job, saying he had the capacity to transform the FCT.
He told journalists that he would soon write the President to thank him for putting a square peg in a square hole in his appointment of Wike as FCT Minister.
“I intend to thank the President in writing, that he has put a square peg in a square hole,” stressing that the former Governor is not a neophyte when it comes to governance and administration.
“He is not a push over in the political sphere,” the Rumuigbo Number one political figure stressed.